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Bee Basses?? Anyone played one??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RedV, Jun 5, 2002.

  1. RedV


    Mar 19, 2002
    Eustis, FL
    I just happened to stumble on this website and I must say, their design is absolutely gorgeous. Does anyone know anything about them, played them, own one??

    Just killing time waiting on MY bass I suppose:)


    Edit: Suppose it would help to add the website...

  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000

    "A" basses Sing.

    "Bee" Basses Sting.

    What do "C" basses do?:confused: :p :D :rolleyes:
  3. RedV


    Mar 19, 2002
    Eustis, FL
    "C" basses can help a blind man:) Man, that was lame...lol

  4. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Yeah it was lame, but at least you said it and not me!


    PS: very sweet basses
  5. RedV


    Mar 19, 2002
    Eustis, FL
    hehehe...thanks man:)

    I just think those basses look totally rad.

  6. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Vero Beach, FL
    wow, those are pretty sweet...i wonder who the builder is.
  7. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Sweet yes, and also pricey! 1700 base price for a 4 string...

    But, that said, I looove the shapes he's working with.
  8. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    the headstock is made from a different piece of wood than the neck... that's a new concept to me... do other people do this too?
  9. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Vero Beach, FL
    scarf joints are quite common, though i've never seen one use two completely different species of wood...interesting
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    That's true, Neptoon.

    I'm intrigued. These are pretty unique looking instruments. Nice to see a new design. Kind of strange that there's no more info on the builder. I like the Queen Bee singlecut but for $2600+ for a 5, that's a leap of faith I don't think I'd be willing to make right now.

    There's also a mention of dealers... who and where are they?
  11. RedV


    Mar 19, 2002
    Eustis, FL
    Yeah, the thing I really like is the design. I don't think I'd be willing to drop $3K on the Queen Bee 5 Single Cut(the most beautiful bass on that page:)), but I think I know a luthier named 'Dave' that could probably reproduce something similar:)

    Hmmm....I haven't even got my new bass yet and I'm planning another...is that a problem:cool:

  12. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    If so, I'm in trouble too.
    My FBB nears completion, but dang if I'm not scheming up a singlecut fretless in the meantime.

    The QB's are nice, but I don't like that fingerboard cut at the end.
  13. I'm into unconventional basses--look at my FBB--and I dig the hell out of this, but those prices are just too much for a builder just getting established.
  14. RedV


    Mar 19, 2002
    Eustis, FL
    I agree, the prices are a bit steep for a veritable 'no name', but dang if they don't look good:)

    And that cut at the end of the fretboard is one thing I really dig! Cool in an unconventional sort of way.

  15. geshel

    geshel Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    Man, I just saw some other builder listed who was in McMinniville, OR, but I can't remember who it was
  16. They are convinced that the headstock wood affects the tonal outcome. Pretty controversial, but different things work differently for different luthiers.

    I have no opinion or experience with that. My headstocks have always been whatever wood/woods the neck is made of.
  17. Whappo Grande

    Whappo Grande

    Feb 9, 2002
    Sunnyvale, CA.
    Engineer: AccuGroove Speakers & Amps
    I just received a beautiful 5 string Worker Bee & will be bringing it to BassQuake on September 28th if anyone wants to play it. (www.bassquake.org)

    Body: Maple
    Top & Back: Mahogany
    Neck: Maple
    Fretboard: Jatoba
    Headstock: Zebrawood
    Pick-ups: Seymour Duncan Basslines MM
    Preamp: Seymour Duncan 3 Band

    Test Report:
    This is truly an amazing bass. The playability is smooth, comfortable & perfectly rounded any style, including slap, finger, etc. The tone is HUGE! (Thank you 3 band EQ) The B string is absolutely incredible, but all the others strings are very balanced across the board as well. The workmanship is flawless. Did I forget to say light? This bass doesn’t weight anything.

    Fred is also great guy & a bass player himself.

    This is the least expensive custom made bass I’ve ever had, making it very affordable & a best buy! (Other basses I currently own: 6 string fretless F Bass, 6 string fretless Ritter, 6 string Roscoe Dragon Icon)

  18. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Vero Beach, FL
    hey, cool to hear someone actually has one of these things, and it turned out great. especially in the company of three awesome basses. how 'bout some piccies, man? ;)
  19. Whappo Grande

    Whappo Grande

    Feb 9, 2002
    Sunnyvale, CA.
    Engineer: AccuGroove Speakers & Amps

    Everyone at BassQuake (this last weekend) that had a chance to play it was amazed. (Brian Bromberg among them)

    I also played it for two gigs over the weekend & didn't have to touch any knob outside of the volume control to make it sing. This baby must have an autopilot mode, because it almost grooves by itself.

  20. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Vero Beach, FL
    you mean sting? ;) sounds great, man. i'm pleased to hear all went well. i really dig the looks of these basses.

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